Tyree Daye
Neuse River

 

Tell them not to go

to the banks alone.

 

Tell them where

they can drink

 

without watching

over shoulders.

 

Tell them drowning

is third on your list

 

of concerns.

First is lie down,

 

second,  come here.

Even the water

 

I was baptized in

isn’t safe.

 

I knew God

was a man

 

because he put              

a baby in Mary

 

without her

permission.

 

 
Found In Volume 46, No. 05
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Tyree Daye
About the Author

Tyree Daye is the winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for River Hymns.  He was awarded the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award in the Fall 2015 issue. He is a Cave Canem fellow.